Getting Started - Musician and songwriter Dan Cody has been writing and playing music since not long after he first heard the Beatles, Byrds and Tom Petty, while growing up with older siblings in a music loving family on the South Shore of Boston. His musical journey quickly evolved into time well spent playing in regional bands, (most notably creating two albums and touring with the country rock combo Highway Ghosts) playing covers and originals inspired by their classic, roots and country rock heroes. For decades Dan wrote songs that fit the formats of the bands he was in, but his opportunity to fully express his own musical passions and creativity were few and far between.
Going Solo - Now, writing and creating his own music, with the help of producer, collaborator and friend Joe Clapp, at Ultrasound Productions, Dan is ready to explore the untapped depths of his imagination. “This is a great opportunity to finally get to my true musical roots. You are going to hear a lot of different songs and styles that reflect who I truly am.”
The Music - Dan describes his music as Americana. “It’s heavily influenced by the Beatles, Byrds, REM and Tom Petty, the most classic bands of all time. Some call it jangle rock (he admits an obsession with Rickenbacker guitars), and it’s very much in that wheelhouse, with just vocals, bass, guitar, piano, drums and Hammond organ.”
Less is More - Rather than releasing a traditional album sized number of songs, Dan decided that less can be more, focusing on completing smaller amounts of songs at a time. “Every note counts. I only want to put something out if it’s really good. So I just focus on the music, working harder and harder until each song is as good as I can get it. My goal is to produce two or three EPs each year.” Long Distance Line, Dan’s first-four-song EP was released in June of 2020.
Good Vibes - Much like the artists he grew up emulating, the message that shines through in most of Dan’s music is positivity, good times and the shared condition of the human experience. “I’m a positive thinker and I’m a positive person, so when I write songs I am constantly searching for a hopeful message that I think people can relate to. There might be bad times, but overall life is good. So, that’s what I focus on.”
Mile Markers - Dan was a member of the Highway Ghosts, Finger Lickin’ Blue and The Leeds Society. Some highlights from those years include opening for classic blues rock icons Foghat and Albert Lee, regional party rock favorites the Fools, and Boston country rock legends, the Swinging Steaks. He is a veteran of Boston’s fabled music stages at the Middle East, TT the Bears and Johnny D’s. Dan’s work with Highway Ghosts has been featured in articles by the Boston Globe, the Patriot Ledger, and including an on-air interview with DJ Carmelita at WAAF in Boston.
Dan loves writing songs, making records and playing live music, and hopes you like his new songs. They didn’t come to him in a dream, and they weren’t written in 15 minutes. They took a lot of hard work, trial and error, and help from some good friends. Thanks for checking them out.